(HARVEY COUNTY, Kan.) — Take a quick look at the cars parked outside the Harvey County Driver's License Office. You'll find a few with Sedgwick County tags. Their owners are inside. Like Jared Arrington, they've found they can do their DMV business quicker a county away.
“We went into the office at Twin Lakes and signed-in through the text messaging system. Drove around. Wasted about an hour. Went and found some lunch and said, why not go to Newton,” Arrington said.
By the time Arrington was finished in Newton, his number still hadn't been called in Wichita.
“Even if you come up here, and wait 30 minutes or 45 minutes, or drive up here... the time is still shorter,” Harvey County Commissioner Chip Westfall said.
But that makes it longer for Harvey County residents, who now have to wait in a line. That's why Westfall is proposing a two-dollar fee, out-of-county residents will pay. That's in addition to the county's three-dollar service fee at the driver's license office.